Phil and I are acting as the general contractor to get our Barn Home built. We didn't start out with this as the plan; we had thought we'd have the company that sold us the kit do the building. But with me retired from my chef work, it makes sense for me to take on the role as my full time job. It makes sense financially. In practice, it is...challenging. We did manage to secure a meeting next Saturday with the same "concrete guy" that Paul and Andrea used to pour their foundation. Finding a plumber to do the rough-in has been more of a challenge. Hours of searching was only turning up guys who fix toilets and leaky sinks, no one who does the original installation. The famous food writer Calvin Trillin once quipped, "The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found." Weird analogy, but I was thinking about that today, that plumbers everywhere are just fixing existing plumbing; the original installers cannot be located.